MORNING DEW: 07/02/2019
THEME: RUTH, THE SAVIOUR
TEXT: RUTH 2:1-9
1. Naomi had a close relative of her late husband, a man of considerable wealth from the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.
2. Ruth the Moabite told Naomi, “Please allow me to go out to the fields and glean grain behind anyone who shows me kindness.” So Naomi replied, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
3. So she went out, proceeded to the field, and gleaned behind the harvesters. And it happened that she came to the portion of land belonging to Boaz, of the family of Elimelech.
4. Now when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he told the harvesters, “The LORD be with you.” “May the LORD bless you!” they replied.
5. At this point, Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, “To whom does this young woman belong?”
6. The foreman of the harvesters answered, “She is the Moabite who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
7. She asked us, ‘Please allow me to glean what’s left of the grain behind the harvesters.’ So she came out and has continued working from dawn until now, except for a short time in a shelter.”
8. Boaz then addressed Ruth: “Listen, my daughter! Don’t glean in any other field. Don’t even leave this one, and be sure to stay close to my women servants.
9. Keep your eyes on the field where they are harvesting, and follow them. I’ve ordered my young men not to bother you, haven’t I? And when you are thirsty, drink from the water vessels that the young men have filled.”
RUTH REQUESTED TO GO OUT AND WORK
In Bethlehem, Naomi and Ruth finally got settled. They settled well but no food for them. Even though there was no more famine, yet one had to work to earn a living. Naomi was old hence could not work. Naomi could not tell Ruth to go out, work in order to bring food home.
Ruth on the other hand knew there was no food. She needn’t no one to tell her this. She initiated the discussion by telling Naomi to allow her go out and work. Ruth had every right to have given excuses. She was a stranger in the land, and there is a saying that no matter the size of a visitor’s or stranger’s eyes, they still can’t see far. Also, she didn’t know anybody in the land. Yet she decided to go and work.
Ruth therefore became a SAVIOUR to Naomi. She became Naomi’s breadwinner. She fed Naomi.
Who are you feeding beloved? Who survived in this life due to your support?
Without Ruth maybe Naomi would have passed on. Do you take care of someone? Is someone’s welfare part of your budget preparation?
Life is to live for others. To help others realize their dreams. To fulfill people’s destinies. What is your role in the life of people?
Christian, don’t just live for yourself. Live for others. Let people feel your impact. Live your footprint in and on people. No wonder Ruth insisted of going with Naomi. Her reason was simple, to help her since she was old and could not work.
Jesus left His comfort zone and came down to the earth to change lives. Over two thousand years ago on the line, yet His mission is still fresh in the lives of people. Don’t die alone. Die with somebody. Meaning die with somebody regretting of your death. Somebody being not happy of your death. Don’t let people rejoice after your departure, because you were a terror.
God bless you.
“Ruth the Moabite told Naomi, “Please allow me to go out to the fields and glean grain behind anyone who shows me kindness.” So Naomi replied, “Go ahead, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2).
Lord, give me a heart to love, to live for others and be a blessing to many, in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba
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